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Forum: Commuting 05-11-11, 07:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 910
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
There are a number of commuter-specific panniers...

There are a number of commuter-specific panniers out there - In general, the common feature is that the padded laptop sleeve is inboard, attached to the stiffener panel, so even if you fall over, the...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 05-03-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I'm gonna call BS on those who imply that a bike...

I'm gonna call BS on those who imply that a bike trailer is any great shakes to DIY. I mean, =look= at some of the trailers recommended in this thread - $120 for cheap wheels, axle and brackets as a...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 05-03-11, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Gonna let you in on a secret - Surf Cart...

Gonna let you in on a secret - Surf Cart (http://www.thesundeckonline.com/surfcarts.htm), with a bike hitch, is about as rugged and light a trailer as you're gonna get, and about the cheapest option...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,502
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Biology says you're wrong. Humans, like most...

Biology says you're wrong. Humans, like most dinural binocular mammals, are positive-phototaxis organisms. This means we instinctively seek light - it helps us see better. If an unusual light catches...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,201
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Quality tools are their own reward - tools that...

Quality tools are their own reward - tools that work as advertised, seldom if ever break, and fit the job like a hand to a glove.

That said - there are some fantastic tools in that kit, and some...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-11, 10:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,760
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I know a few people who were born deaf, and have...

I know a few people who were born deaf, and have been raised in "Deaf Culture" - They are intelligent and erudite, and in one case an immensely gifted artist, but their writing is poor and difficult...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-30-11, 10:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,759
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I recently got a Cy-Fi bluetooth speaker, and boy...

I recently got a Cy-Fi bluetooth speaker, and boy does it suck for music. Much better for baseball or podcasts.

If I were to use quality supra-aural headphones like the Koss Porta-Pro or Grado...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-30-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I was at 46" in college, 48" for most of my adult...

I was at 46" in college, 48" for most of my adult life, 44 after a serious diet, and then 52 after I fell off the wagon - less than a year later, and I was two sizes bigger than I had ever been.
...
Forum: Commuting 04-30-11, 10:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,502
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I don't like flashers. Blinky lights distract...

I don't like flashers. Blinky lights distract drivers, and a distracted driver is a deadly driver. I like steady lights, visible, but not blinding - but someone needs to come out with a steady + slow...
Forum: Commuting 04-29-11, 11:01 PM
Replies: 315
Views: 26,203
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
199981 Watching JoeyBike videos in the...

199981

Watching JoeyBike videos in the workshop again...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 10:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I'm closer to 350 than 300lbs, and I've never...

I'm closer to 350 than 300lbs, and I've never broken a spoke. I may need to eat you for calling yourself fat.

That said, you either are running rough roads with far too few spokes, or your wheel...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 10:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 805
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I only sweat when I'm thinking really, really...

I only sweat when I'm thinking really, really hard - seriously. I work up more perspiration working on my bike than riding it (usually trying to thread a teeny little bolt into a teeny little nut). ...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 697
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Yup. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts...

Yup. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts every time I tackle that hill. You're a fantastic father!
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I have size EEEEEE (6E) width feet, so I feel...

I have size EEEEEE (6E) width feet, so I feel ya...

But this is a solvable problem women commuters encounter all the time.

Solutions:

1) Forget clipless, go with an old-school toe clip. Add...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,938
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
That just means the ride was MOAR XTREME! Roadies...

That just means the ride was MOAR XTREME! Roadies who do this are working harder and accomplishing more with every ride. Respect!
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-29-11, 09:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,894
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I have CST on my Indestructabike, came stock from...

I have CST on my Indestructabike, came stock from Electra. Almost 2 years year-round commuting, and only one flat, due to underinflation. (When I was a child, I went by "feel", now that I am a man, I...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-29-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,894
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
If you're having trouble sourcing the tires...

If you're having trouble sourcing the tires locally (I was able to get my Gatorskinz from the LBS, and for cheaper than online), check here (http://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/27in-road-tires).
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-29-11, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,420
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Take a closer look at that BB - every square...

Take a closer look at that BB - every square taper BB spindle I've ever seen had a threaded socket for a crank bolt, not a threaded end. It's either completely non-standard, which means a replacement...
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 04-29-11, 08:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,938
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I had a pair of roadies breeze past me as I was...

I had a pair of roadies breeze past me as I was struggling off the line up-hill at a stoplight. At the next red light, a mile or so up the road, they looked back, and they about fell over to see I...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-29-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,589
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
You'll need a new disc-compatible fork, which are...

You'll need a new disc-compatible fork, which are around $50-70 new for a rigid model, and a rear disk brake adapter that attaches to the brake boss and the dropout via a special reinforced wheel...
Forum: Touring 04-28-11, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
Thanks for the offer, but my folks actually live...

Thanks for the offer, but my folks actually live in Westport! :D

I'm probably going to drive into Shawme Crowell, and putter around the canal bike path.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-28-11, 08:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,894
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I've had good luck with Conti Gatorskinz in that...

I've had good luck with Conti Gatorskinz in that size - only one pinch flat due to underinflation, and there is a ton of shattered glass along my commute (mostly safety glass pebbles, but a good...
Forum: Utility Cycling 04-28-11, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,938
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I've never lost anything out the top of my cheap...

I've never lost anything out the top of my cheap folding grocery pannier, and have had much larger cargoes, and much smaller ones as well. Your basket is at the top of the "pendulum" where the bike...
Forum: Commuting 04-28-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 348
Views: 16,481
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
I got a set of teeny 424 Channel Lock pliers and...

I got a set of teeny 424 Channel Lock pliers and a Lutz 2-in-1 screwdriver to replace the spoke wrench and a generic muli-tool in my toolkit. About a quarter of the weight of the multi-tool, and I...
Forum: Touring 04-28-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,942
Posted By RI_Swamp_Yankee
The VO fenders are pre-drilled, and fairly...

The VO fenders are pre-drilled, and fairly straightforward to install. The only modification needed is if the struts are too long, and shortening them is more of an aesthetic thing. On the plastic...
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